Hannah Epstein (AKA hanski) is a neo-folk artist working in the cross-section of textiles, experimental games and video art. By blurring the lines between traditional craft, popular culture and contemporary art, Epstein's work shuns formal notions of categorization.
Themes of "play" connect her multi-disciplinary practice as her work aims to turn passive voyeurs into active players. By employing game design she encourages a creative form of active critique- one that probes the rules structuring all interactions.
As a trained folklorist, Epstein's work pushes for a critical questioning of storytelling and its ability to construct reality. As isolated media bubbles form narrower perspectives, what is understood as "real" becomes the contemporary battleground for ideologues. Epstein argues, through her work, that story is the connective thread where artists can begin to code the world they want to see.
She completed her MFA at Carnegie Mellon University in 2017 and is currently represented by Steve Turner in Los Angeles.